County vehicles to depict “Destination Oconee”

All but one member of Oconee County Council appears satisfied with including the words “Destination Oconee” as part of the logos displayed by county vehicles—-as long as the county’s seal remains unchanged.  And that’s how the matter was left last night after County Administrator Scott Moulder said he had he called at least a temporary halt to re-marking the county’s […]

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New deal for Hangar III tabled

At least for now, there’s no new deal between Oconee County and the limited liability company Hangar III.  At the start of last night’s County Council meeting, Administrator Scott Moulder announced “new developments” which he said he could not discuss in open session and requested that first reading of an ordinance to reform and re-state a ground lease agreement with […]

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Not guilty on both charges

An Oconee General Sessions jury yesterday returned verdicts of not guilty in the case of Tyson McWhorter.  The Oconee County resident was found not guilty of possession of methamphetamine and night hunting for deer.  He was arrested last year by the South Carolina DNR whose officers had set up a decoy deer in a field off the Ebenezer Road.  

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Oconeean stands trial charged by the State DNR

At 2 o’clock this afternoon, the defense gets to present its case, and Oconee General Sessions Court finds out if defendant Tyson McWhorter will elect to take the stand.  In 2014 McWhorter was arrested on Ebenezer Road, in the vicinity of his home, and charged by the South Carolina DNR with possession of methamphetamine and night hunting for deer.  The […]

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Hospital system OKs new governance plan

The Greenville Health System Board of Trustees approved a measure today that paves the way for GHS to be part of a larger multi-regional health system. The new structure, approved by a 12-2 vote, will provide GHS and future partners the flexibility needed in today’s changing healthcare environment. Under the approved model, the new multi-regional system will be comprised of […]

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Re-zoning voted down in Westminster

Westminster Planning Commission reached agreement last night against re-zoning two properties on S. Bibb Street.  The applicants—Stanley and Jeannette Harden—requested a change from R-25, one-family district, to a general residential zone for 506 and 508 S. Bibb.  “The commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the application due to the potential adverse impact of high-density development within an established area […]

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Traffic lane signs on each side of the downtown

The Streetscape contractor in Walhalla is taking steps to remind motorists that the nearest Main Street approaches to both ends of the core commercial area are reserved for left turns only.  To proceed thru the four-block area, drivers should stay in the right lane only. The left turn lanes have been striped for weeks but, according to Hutch ‘N Son, […]

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New accounting rule complicates audit

The best possible opinion rendered for how Oconee public schools handle their money may have been the only normal part last night during the annual audit presentation for the Oconee School District.   Certified Public Accountant Don Estep announced an “unmodified opinion”—which he said is the best possible.  Yet most of the auditor’s presentation dealt with a new accounting rule that […]

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Mascot and color change possible

Top Oconee school leadership sees no appetite on the part of the county trustees to change their vote to close the county’s smallest high school.  However, the trustees’ chairman and the county superintendent say changing Walhalla High’s mascot and colors are in play and they are relying on student input before making the changes.  Chairman Andy Inabinet and Superintendent Dr. […]

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